Coffee and fenced play areas - bliss!
READER CONTRIBUTION: Becoming a mother for the first time is an experience no one can prepare you for.
You have this tiny unpredictable human in your company 24/7.
While it mostly feels like you’re in a bubble of wonderful happiness, there are days that can also feel long and lonely.
Never fear though, as whatever the day brings you, you always have your favourite cafe to go to for celebration or respite.
These warm buzzy places full of energy and people are instant medicine if you’re feeling low, and even if you’re feeling on top of the world they can make you feel like you’re flying higher.
Whether you’re having a 1:1 date with you and your precious bundle (in my case; fascinatingly curious and chatty 2.5 year old), or meeting your all-important coffee group (who against original expectations have become your soul sisters – yes, they really have) – these havens are religious in their effect.
Before kids we were working full time, leading a highly social and busy life (how exhausting we thought that all was), dotting from one social engagement and appointment to the next – yet still finding time for our weekly catch ups at the desired watering hole of our choice to have a vino or two and put the world right again.
Now it’s creamy flat whites and caged play areas.
Because let’s face it, there is no better thing than meeting other mums and having some simple uninterrupted adult conversation while your delightful child plays safely nearby.
Fenced off areas with children’s toys at the ready are a pure god send for mums everywhere – if you’re wanting to become a leading destination for coffee connoisseurs with child(ren) in tow then this is hands down a must have.
I am afraid to say; sometimes it is a deal breaker. Believe me, mothers do want to spend their money on good coffee; they look forward to these outings, and they need it.
While frequenting a cafe to catch up with my like-minded mother friends is definitely high on the ‘look forward to’ list of the week, don’t even get me started on the sheer thrill of being able to (on the rare occasion) go to a cafe on your own!
To sit there and sip your delicious beverage slowly, devour your favourite muffin without sharing and ponder over the latest gossip or dreamy house mags in peace – now that is truly Heaven.
So are cafes like ‘bars’ for mums? Well in my books they are well up there with drinking a nice glass of rose´ with your girlfriends in a sunny outdoor table of a waterfront bar.
Yes, they are a very close second to that.
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